Who Gets the Supercars to Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance?

The Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance is one of the most exciting and most exclusive supercar show events in the country. While you might be able to snag a ticket, the biggest brands have private VIP events throughout the week. A few special cars will debut at the event and some cult favorites might make an appearance. But how do all of these multi-million dollar supercars get to the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance and Monterey Car Week? Meet Robin Grove.

The coolest supercars and classic cars at the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance

A classic car at the Pebble Beach Councours D’elegance
A 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer won Best of Show at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance | Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance

Bloomberg Businessweek recently did a feature on Robin Grove, the CEO of Classic Automotive Relocation Services (CARS). Grove is one of the most trusted movers in the transportation game. One of the vehicles heading to Pebble Beach this weekend is the $2.5 million electric hypercar, the Rimac Nevera. The Nevera gets 1,914 hp and has a 0-60 mph time of 1.8 seconds. That is fast enough to claim the title of the fastest production car in history. And Grove is going to deliver it to the 70th-anniversary event at the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance.

With only 150 vehicles planned for production, not just anyone is allowed to transport the supercar. Grove is responsible for transporting vehicles like the Bugatti, McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg supercars heading to the event. RM Sotheby’s and random millionaires heading to the event also trust her to get cars there safely. “We are like travel agents and lawyers for cargo,” Grove told Bloomberg.

Grove and CARS carry a $15 Million insurance policy on all trucks. This means that should an accident happen (and it does), she can offer total coverage. That’s what sets CARS apart from the rest, along with some other additional insurance coverage.

CARS $15 Million insurance policy helps

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Grove has a 20,000-square-foot garage in California where she stores the vehicles. It offers high security and cameras running every minute of every day to keep an eye on all the cars. The vehicles are covered in three layers: a cotton sheet, a plastic sheet, and then a top cover. Just in case.

Some of the vehicles in the garage at the time of publication included a $31 million Ferrari, a $10 million Jaguar D-Type, and a $35 million Alfa Romeo. Tony Rackley, head of the specialties division at CARS says, “We deal mostly with billionaires. We very rarely see these guys; we see their people.”

In addition to the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance, CARS is also helping deliver supercars to the Monterey Car Week in August. Many of the vehicles at CARS will end up at one of the events. Depending on how exclusive buyers want a vehicle transport, the prices widely vary.

Cargo planes, trains, and supercars

It is estimated that getting a small Porsche 911 from Amsterdam to California could cost $10,000 via cargo plane. Since it is smaller, it fits on the lower deck of the plane. To move a longer Italian vehicle like a Bizzarrini from London to California could cost around $40,000. This type of move requires a wooden crate, which increases the price quite a bit. Some collectible cars need a 20-foot container, while others might ask for a 40-foot crate for special needs.

Grove suggests that shipping a Ferrari F40 from Hong Kong to LA could cost as much as $70,000 via air freight. It would need a special cargo box and some special attention along the way. But since a Ferrari F40 costs over $1.5 million, that price is worth it. Can the car be driven? Does it need to be rolled onboard? Grove also asks what parts might not be working, since some classic cars need a little work.

The rules vary widely for moving a classic car or supercar, especially depending on the year. In the U.S., vehicles older than 25 years have more lenient standards. This week, you can see some of the vehicles CARS helped deliver at the Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance. Be sure to tune in to the live stream to watch all of the fun from the comfort of your own home.

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